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Abiru, Lagos-East senator-elect, promises to facilitate business, others

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The senator-elect for Lagos-East senatorial district and candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Tokunbo Abiru, has facilitate the completion of all state and federal road projects within the district.

He also pledged to promote ease of doing business as one of the ways to translate his campaign promises into tangible outcomes.

Abiru made these promises in a ‘Victory Speech’ shortly after the Independent National Electoral Commission declared him winner of the Lagos-East bye-election on Sunday, polled 89,204 votes, while his closest rival and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, scored 11,251 votes.

He said, “Now is the time to translate all the promises we made into positive and tangible outcomes our people are expecting us to bring about. Now is the time to take our people from the realm of expectations to the limelight of fulfilment.

“I commit myself irrevocably to the agenda I laid out before the electorate-offering people-focused quality representation; ensuring welfare of my constituents; working with my colleagues in the National Assembly to ensure special status for Lagos; promoting policies to improve national economic performance and financial sector development; implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals; facilitating the completion of all federal and state road projects in Lagos-East; promoting ease of doing business; supporting the 5 for 5 agenda for police reform; supporting fiscal federalism and joining forces with colleagues in the Senate and members of the House of Representatives to ensure devolution of powers to the sub-national governments.

“Within the limits of our statutory mandate, this is the time to make the aged smile; empower our jobless youths; minister to the vulnerable; secure the future of brilliant indigent children and support the implementation of the ideals of our party.

“To achieve these enviable goals, we are already in the process of establishing an endowment and empowerment fund to actualise my private philanthropy. The fund will implement different interventions we are coming up with in line with my agenda and the ideals of our party.

“Already, our team is perfecting the modalities for the implementation of all these intervention programmes. By the middle of January, we will unveil these programmes in full and begin implementation immediately. I thank our people for this mandate and promise to live up to your expectations.”

He noted that if there were people out there who still doubted the popularity of the APC, didn’t reckon with its leadership in the political landscape and still disputed its progressive approach to governance, its victory in the just concluded bye-election readily offered them an perfect answer.

He noted that having secured the senatorial mandate with a landslide, the party could not afford to fail the people.

He said, “We cannot afford to fail those who voted for us; those who chose not to vote for us for whatever reasons and those who did not vote at all. We cannot afford to betray the invaluable trust our people reposed in us as a political party and as their representatives in government.”

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2023: Wike denies Atiku use of Adokiye Ameisimaka Stadium for rally

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Nyesom Wike and Atiku Abubakar

Rivers State governor,  Nyesome Wike, has denied the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar the use of Adokiye Ameisimaka Stadium for the presidential rally slated for February 11.

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In a letter seen by Newsbreak Break, Wike, through the Commissioner, Ministry of Sports, Barrister Christopher Green, said the reason for the denial is that the PDP Presidential Campaign Council is working with some faction of the APC in the state.

According to the letter, APC in Rivers led by Tonye Patrick Cole has plans to stadium with PDP.

The letter also said that activities of the APC in Rivers State have always been smeared with violence.

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Just in: Supreme Court sacks APC governorship candidate for Taraba Bwacha

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday nullified the selection of Emmanuel Bwacha as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State.

A five-member panel led by Kudirat Kekere-Ekun in their judgement affirmed the verdict of the federal high court which held that the APC did not conduct any valid governorship primary in the state.

On September 20, a federal high court in Jalingo, Taraba State, sacked Bwacha as the APC’s governorship candidate.

The court of appeal reinstated him as the party’s candidate on November 24 and the matter went to the highest court in the land.

David Sabo Kente, one of the aspirants, had filed the suit against Bwacha’s candidature.

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Some elements in Aso Rock working against Tinubu – El-rufai

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...it makes no economic or political sense to change naira now

Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, says there are some “elements” in the seat of power, Aso Rock, working against the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He said this on Wednesday when he appeared on Sunrise Daily, a Channels Television breakfast programme.

According to him, these persons are aggrieved that Tinubu defeated their candidate in the APC presidential primaries.
This is coming a week after the ruling party’s presidential candidate said there were plans to stop him from winning the election.

Tinubu had said fuel scarcity and naira redesign were targeted at him.
El-rufai said those working against the APC candidate were more powerful than all the G5 put together and control critical government agencies.

He however refused to reveal their identities.
He said these elements were hiding behind President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to do what he thinks is right.
He said, ”I believe there are elements in the Villa that want us to lose the election because they didn’t get their way; they had their candidate. Their candidate did not win the primaries.
“They are trying to get us to lose the election, and they are hiding behind the President’s desire to do what he thinks is right. I will give two examples: this petroleum subsidy, which is costing the country trillions of naira, was something that we all agreed would be removed.
“In fact, I had a discussion with the President and showed him why it had to go. Because how can you have a capital budget of N200bn for federal roads and then spend N2tn on petroleum subsidy? This was a conversation I had with the President in 2021 when the subsidy thing started rising. He was convinced. We left. It changed. Everyone in the government agreed, and it changed.
“The second example I will give is this currency redesign. You have to understand the President. People are blaming the governor of the central bank for the currency redesign; but no. You have to go back and look at the first outing of Buhari as president. He did this; the Buhari, Idiagbon regime changed our currency and did it in secrecy with a view to catching those that are stashing away illicit funds. It is a very good intention. The President has his right. But doing it at this time within the allotted time does not make any political or economic sense.”

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